Deep Play - 1 Andrew Vlock English 101 Deep Play Geertz's...

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1 Andrew Vlock English 101 Deep Play Geertz’s notion of deep play is one that is evident in many aspects of society. In his observations of the Balinese cock fights he found that deep play occurs when the “juice is not worth the squeeze”. It is a notion that if one places them self in a position where they have more to lose than to gain it satisfies an instinctive and basic need for excitement and risk taking. The Balinese bet heavily (far beyond what their income allows) on the most evenly matched cock fights – those in which the outcome was far more difficult to predict. He found that people were willing to commit themselves to actions that involve deep play in spite of logic and without reason. Geertz says that “[deep play] means play in which the stakes are so high that it is, by his utilitarian standpoint, irrational for men to engage in”(286).While on the surface this may appear baffling and senseless, we find deep play in almost every culture around the world and, on a more personal level, in our own lives. I have personally encountered three different types of deep play. The first is the
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